Who areReGen? − ReGen is the leading AOD agency for UnitingCare Victoria & Tasmania − ReGen’s purpose is to promote health and reduce alcohol and other drug related harm − ReGen has over 40 years experience delivering a range of AOD services
Who aresharc? Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (sharc) is a Victorian community based, not for profit organisation, incorporated since 1997. sharcs aim is to provide opportunities for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction and related problems to recover and achieve meaningful, satisfying and contributing lives.
The model- 2008 partnership commenced- 6 x 6 weeks groups per year- Facilitated by sharc- ReGen AOD counsellor
The ARCStory − Peer led education program for family members impacted by a loved one’s alcohol or drug use − Designed by families (in professional role) − Evaluated - Centre for Youth Drug Studies 2007, and recently as partnership with ReGen
Componentsof program Six week course run by qualified family members (peer/professional) includes: – Stages of change (family and drug user) – Boundaries – Guilt and worry – Praise and acceptance – The choice is mine – Planning - Where to from here
Alsoincluded … − Family violence safety Plan − What to expect when your loved one comes out of rehab or other treatment − Managing Conflict − Triangulation
sharccontinuum… ARC at sharc is supported by: − 24 hour helpline run by family members as volunteers − 20 peer lead family support groups across Vic − Family counselling − Capacity building for family members to have a voice (APSU) − NB: Housing program 20 young people
ProgramEvaluation In 2012 sharc and ReGen undertook an evaluation of the ARC and the value of the partnership approach. The findings were consistent with a previous evaluation of ARC done by the ADF in 2007.
KeyEvaluationFindings ARC Evaluation, 2012: Combined pre/post test results
Par ticipantfeedback“I’m more able to find a balancebetween keeping myself and my otherkids safe and still supporting my son.I couldn’t really see how to do thisbefore doing the program. Now Ihave the tools to deal with what ishappening.”Janet, ARC participant
Par ticipantFeedback“We felt very comfortable being at adrug and alcohol agency where youknew that workers understood theissues that were happening in yourfamily.”John, ARC participant
ARC WorkerFeedback ARC worker: “ReGen has so many great services for the user and for families. It’s great that family members get to learn more about what services are available.” ReGen Counsellor: “It’s been great to see the peer support model sharc runs in action.”
EvaluationRecommendations − Family Drug Help, ReGen & potential program funders support expansion of the AOD partnership model for the ARC program in new locations − Victorian AOD service providers continue to develop capacity for holistic & family-inclusive approaches to treatment planning & delivery
EvaluationRecommendations − Further research be undertaken to examine the sustainability of ARC program outcomes and identify additional support needs for families affected by AOD use − Consideration be given to the suitability of developing similar partnerships with other service providers e.g. mental health or youth